Google, Twitter and Amazon are hopeful that the future government of Joe Biden will finally see the light of day a federal digital data law, senior officials of the companies said Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual show for electronics and devices. technologies.
“The planets are more aligned than ever,” Keith Enright, Google’s chief data privacy officer, remarked during a discussion on trust and privacy.
The European data protection regulation (GDPR), applied since May 2018, has largely contributed to making consumers aware of the issues related to the data that they submit to large digital platforms on a daily basis.
This text has influenced California, which has had the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for a year. This law guarantees the inhabitants of this state certain rights over their data (how it is collected and used, for commercial purposes or not).
“This greatly increases the chances that there is finally a political will at the federal level to create a uniform law, so that companies have a highway code and that users know what their rights are,” said Keith Enright.
President-designate Joe Biden’s government will have plenty of leeway to legislate, as Democrats will control the House of Representatives and the Senate. He will also benefit from the experience of future vice-president Kamala Harris, former prosecutor in California, where the majority of the tech giants are located.
“There are more than 100 national data privacy laws in the world,” said Anne Toth, trust manager in services related to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant. “So we manage an endless patchwork of regulations and we try to minimize the differences”.
“Laws must be interoperable,” added Damien Kieran, director of data privacy at Twitter. “The federal government must think carefully about the international future of the text (…) if it is wrong, this increases the risk of a balkanization of the internet”.
Silicon Valley has long been close to elected Democrats, but the relationship has deteriorated since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the scandal of Cambridge Analytica, a British firm that had hijacked the personal data of tens of millions of users of Facebook for political propaganda purposes.
Google has been sued for anti-competitive practices by the Department of Justice and a coalition of US states. Its YouTube platform, like Facebook and Twitter, are in the crosshairs of many elected officials for their management of personal information.